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Political Circus: Tracy Morgan says Palin's one hot mama

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Comedian Tracy Morgan says he finds Sarah Palin, above, sexually attractive.
Comedian Tracy Morgan says he finds Sarah Palin, above, sexually attractive.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Comedian expresses his love for Sarah Palin
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann gets the Saturday Night Live treatment
  • Chelsea Clinton's husband takes off ... to the slopes
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Washington (CNN) -- Politics is serious business -- but not all the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.

How do you really feel?

Comedian Tracy Morgan is if nothing but brutally honest. Maybe too honest.

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Morgan weighed in on "mama grizzly" herself, Sarah Palin.

"Sarah Palin, you're the hottest MILF in the world," he said to one interviewer. MILF is a crass acronym for a mother with whom one would like to have sexual relations.

This isn't the first time he has expressed his love for the former governor of Alaska -- though his comments came under fire.

Something's fishy

Salmon is serious business in Alaska. Just ask the state's Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who recently sent smoked fish -- along with a letter -- to President Obama, Politico's Glenn Thrush reports.

It was in response to Obama's State of the Union address where he discussed the inner workings of government -- and used salmon as an example of how multiple agencies can oversee one thing.

"Begich took the president's humor in stride, reminding him in writing that smoked salmon is 'as healthy as it is delicious' -- but he would rather the president taste it for himself."

Camera 1, camera 2, camera 1 ...

Leave it to "Saturday Night Live" to take on Rep. Michele Bachmann's now infamous Tea Party State of the Union response, in which she was seen on network TV facing the wrong camera (the camera she was speaking to was addressing a Tea Party group).

The opening skit featured Bachmann -- played by actress Kristen Wiig -- delivering a do-over and telling the American people that Republicans were doing their own belt-tightening in these troubled economic times.

"For example, this presentation that you just saw was done on a reduced budget. I'm not kidding. We didn't even hire a professional director. ... And here's something else -- believe it or not my makeup was done by a child."

Notable quotable

"Rep. Michele Bachmann this week created controversy when she said in a speech that the founding fathers worked tirelessly until slavery was no more. Apparently she spent her high school history class looking off to the right of the blackboard" -- SNL's Seth Meyers.

Time to get the patch?

Since taking over the throne, House Speaker John Boehner has faced endless questions about his frequent crying and smoking habits.

On "Fox News Sunday," Boehner joked to host Chris Wallace that's he had it: "Listen it's a bad habit, but I have it. It's a legal product, I choose to smoke, leave me alone."

Alrighty.

Speaking of smoking ...

Don't expect Boehner to visit Bhutan any time soon.

Reuters reports that a Buddhist monk could find himself in prison "after becoming the first casualty of a stringent anti-smoking law in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which vows to become the first smoke-free nation."

The charges? Consuming and smuggling contraband tobacco under a new law.

"Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one's karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005," according to Reuters. "But with a thriving smuggling operation from neighboring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact."

Don't quit your day job ... well

New York Post's Page Six reports that Chelsea Clinton's hubby Marc Mezvinksy is leaving the hedge fund world behind for the slopes.

"Sources told Page Six that Mezvinsky, now married into America's most ambitious political family, left his position right before the holidays and took off for Jackson Hole [Wyoming]."

The sources also say that the former first daughter plans to visit him "every few weeks."

Headline of the day

Daily Beast: "My Name Is Rahm and I'm on the Bleeping Ballot"

What can Brown do for you?

For The National Republican Trust, not much.

The group spent around $100,000 to help elect Republican Scott Brown to fill the seat left behind by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Well, now the group is mad and they're not going to take it anymore -- wishing that "it had that money back to help kick Mr. Brown out of office," The Washington Times' Jim McElhatton reports.

"Saying the Republican senator is no different from a Democrat, the head of the group is calling for Mr. Brown to donate to charity or disgorge campaign money equal to how much the trust spent supporting him during the 2010 campaign," according to the story.

Late-night laughs

Jay Leno: "In Egypt, the protesters are said to be using Facebook to out maneuver police. But the police are fighting back. They are using Farmville to build a fence around the protesters. ... Everyone my age is going 'what?' "

Bill Maher: "I love it when they come out and the guy says, 'Ladies and gentleman, the president of the United States' really loud so McCain can even hear."

Conan O'Brien: "A storm hit the East Coast yesterday leaving 300,000 people in the Washington D.C. area without power. The 300,000 people without power in Washington are called Democrats."

 
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